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Canadian-Iranian Software Engineer Saeed Malekpour Facing “Imminent Execution” in Iran over File-Sharing Site

A Canadian-Iranian software engineer is facing “imminent execution” in Iran after allegedly being tortured into confessing to operating a pornography website.

According to Mail Online, 35-year-old Saeed Malekpour, a permanent Canadian resident born in Iran, was visiting the Islamic Republic in 2008 to visit his dying grandfather. Plainclothes policemen snatched him off the street in broad daylight and placed him under arrest. He was locked up in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, where he says he was tortured into confessing operating an adult website. A televised confession on Iranian television followed, and on the basis of that “confession,” he was convicted of “insulting and desecrating Islam” and sentenced to die.

Malekpour insists that the software he developed was designed for file-sharing and that adult sites used it without his permission.

An appeal to Iran’s Supreme Court resulted in an overturning of his conviction, but under intense political pressure later invalidated its ruling and sent the case back to lower courts for retrial. Malekpour was convicted a second time; this time the Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal.

Now Maryam Nayeb Yazdi, a Toronto-based human rights campaigner, says Malekpour will be killed soon.

“Saeed Malekpour is in imminent danger of execution,” she told Mail Online.

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